National Cancer Institute
Behavioral Research - Cancer Control and Population Sciences

About Health Behaviors Research Branch (HBRB)

Mission: The Health Behaviors Research Branch (HBRB) supports research on cancer prevention behaviors and outcomes, which includes diet, physical activity, sedentary behavior, energy balance, obesity, sun safety and indoor tanning, genetic influences on behaviors and virus exposure. It provides leadership in these areas by focusing research on effective multi-level influences and approaches to individual, relational, environmental, and community-based interventions.

Scientific Priorities: HBRB synthesizes and disseminates findings, recommendations, and priorities of successful strategies in prevention and behavioral change interventions; and solicits input from the extramural community to refine methodology and evaluate effectiveness.

  • Plans, develops, and coordinates research on lifestyle behaviors and cancer prevention. This includes diet, physical activity, sedentary behaviors, sleep, genetic determinants of diet and physical activity behaviors, the interactions between behaviors, genes, obesity and the environment, virus exposure, sun safety, and skin cancer prevention and policy.
  • Provides leadership in developing methodologies for improved empirical study of cancer-relevant behaviors (e.g., diet, physical activity, energy balance, sun safety, environmental exposures) and the psychosocial and built environment correlates of these such as measures of psychosocial correlates of eating patterns and physical activity and of the obesogenic environment along with food consumption and dietary related biomarkers and the interaction between the environment and psychosocial factors associated with cancer preventive health behaviors.
  • Plans, develops and coordinates research focused on effective strategies to reach population sub-groups at greater risk for certain cancers.
  • Develops and supports evaluation of which strategies are most effective within clinical intervention studies and community-based interventions and the development of effective policy, environmental and organizational-based interventions.
  • Solicits input and communicates regularly with the extramural community to refine methodology and evaluate effectiveness.
  • Plans, administers, and evaluates demonstration project research, including diffusion and dissemination of successful strategies in prevention behavioral change interventions.
  • Sponsors workshops, symposia and other means of disseminating research findings.
  • Plans and participates in training programs to advance behavioral health research.
  • Synthesizes and disseminates findings, recommendations and priorities to target organizations and individuals.

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Last Updated: May 1, 2012
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